Banking on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program? It has been considered one of best chances for a college graduate to get their debt cancelled. But newly released data suggests it's far from a shoe-in. Apparently, 99% of applicants to this government program have been rejected.
So if you're hoping to get your loan discharged, you may want to keep your options open to other possibilities. That's where state programs come in.
Here are the loan forgiveness programs in the state of Texas that are currently funded and accepting applications.
Are you a nurse struggling with student loan debt? You qualify for up to $7,000 in loan repayment for a period of up to five years under this state-funded program. The goal of this effort is to improve access to nursing education programs by encouraging qualified nurses to serve as faculty at eligible institutions of higher education. Applicants must hold a post-graduate degree and be employed as faculty at an eligible institution.
Applications are generally due in late October.
Offering up to $160,000 over four years in loan assistance, this program is aimed at qualifying physicians who hold a license from the Texas Medical Board and serve in underserved or needed areas.
Applicants must agree to work for those four years at:
Deadlines for application are typically in late November.
Currently funded by the State Bar of Texas and administered by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, this program offers up to $4,800 annually to assist attorneys pursuing careers in legal aid in the state.
Applicants must work full-time for any Texas legal aid program that is:
This program encourages mental health professionals to provide services in designated shortage areas at least five years. In exchange, qualified applicants may receive between $10,000 and $160,000 over the five-year period, depending on their practice specialty.
Eligible practice specialties include:
The application period has closed, but keep an eye out for the next cycle.
To improve the number of health care providers in rural communities, certain health care professionals can earn up to $10,000 in student loan reimbursements.
Eligible health professionals include but are not limited to:
Check the Texas Department of Agriculture website for the next application cycle.
For Texas public schools teachers who have secured employment teaching mathematics or science in a Title I school at the time of application, this program offers up to $5,000. Applicants may not have received or be receiving aid from any other state or federal loan repayment assistance.
The application period for the 2018-2019 school year is now closed, but information about upcoming deadlines can be found here.
If you are seeking student loan forgiveness and think you qualify for some of the programs listed above, always go through through the official channels and offices when applying. Companies promising college loan relief or forgiveness may be scams, so be sure to do your due diligence.
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